How can I fix my desktop icons after fixing an error with my .lnk file associations in Windows 7?

Michael September 14, 2011
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I’ve recently had some troubles with .lnk files and I found this previously asked question with my exact problem….I was trying to get a program to open and I used Open with; I changed the *.lnk to open with the application and forgot to uncheck the Always Open With option. Now I can’t use any of my shortcuts. I know I should have done a backup as soon as I got my system, but it doesn’t seem to like any of the CD’s I’ve tried to use to backup. I can work on that later, for now I would just like to know if there is any fix for screwing up my *.lnk files?

I followed this link,
and it fixed the shortcuts on my desktop but none of the icons have gone back to normal! This is something I can live with but it is rather annoying and if anyone has any solutions I would really appreciate it!

  1. Sandeep Bhange
    March 2, 2012 at 6:56 am

    but how create new Iconcache.db. file

  2. Anki Dab
    January 26, 2012 at 8:25 am

    thanks a ton ha14 your second option worked. i am happy to see my desktop icons back.

  3. Tina
    September 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm


    did the tips provided by ha14 work for you? Please keep us updated. Thank you!

  4. Anonymous
    September 14, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    try to fix icon cache
    To see the hidden AppData folder, go to Organize -> Folder and Search Options -> View tab, and select Show hidden files, folders and drives, and uncheck Hide protected operating system files. To refresh and reset the icons cache, go to the following folder:

    Once inside the folder, delete IconCache.db. Create a new file named IconCache.db, and set it to Read Only attribute in Properties (if the file is not read only, the cache won’t be reset). Then restart the computer. Remove the Read Only attribute of IconCache.db file, and the icons cache will be refreshed.

    Go here:
    and get the trial version of IconPackager, install it, use it to switch to any icon package, then switch back (if you want to) the standard windows icons.